After early deficit, six-run inning fuels comeback win
By Max Gelman
DENVER -- Coors Field is known for its back-and-forth games, with the Colorado altitude conducive to increased offense. In Wednesday's 10-5 win over the Rockies, the Mets used that to their advantage with a big sixth inning after falling behind by five runs early.
Eleven Mets came to the plate in the sixth, as they scored six runs on seven hits and chased Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood. The Mets' bullpen threw six scoreless innings in relief of Chris Flexen, who left after three innings with a blister.
Chatwood retired the first nine Mets batters, but manager Terry Collins said he didn't see anything different from the righty the second time through the order.
"He's really pitched well against us, especially here, so I'm not sure what happened. It was his first start back, like everybody else you kind of lose the feel for it after 'X' amount of pitches," Collins said. "After the first three innings, I was saying 'Oh, this is going to be one of those nights where he's going to mow us down.' And we just hung in there, and got some pitches to hit."
Jay Bruce, who hit an opposite-field solo home run in the fourth, said he also didn't see anything different from Chatwood, noting that the Mets just made adjustments. Bruce credited the offense's resilience in not giving up after falling behind by five runs.
"He's missing a little bit, making some mistakes," Bruce said. "He looked like Chatwood always looks. He's got really good stuff and ran into some trouble there, but it wasn't anything out of the ordinary by any means."
Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Mets on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.